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Banner Creek
Science Center
& Observatory
 
RCOS 20-Inch Telescope
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Our Mission:  To provide hands-on scientific education in harmony with the ecosystem and Native American culture.

Our Vision:  BCSCO will operate as a premier natural and physical sciences educational and research facility to attract students, scholars and tourists to the region.


Come for the Stars, stay for the Science.  Our astronomy and science Mini-Classes and Seminars are designed to convey why science matters; to ignite flames of curiosity; to stimulate an interest in the STEM fields; to have fun making discoveries along the way; to create an attitude of "Wow! I've got to find out more about this!"
 
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June Events now Listed on BCSCO Events Page.


 
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~ How to find us ~
~ How to find us ~
Satellite View -- Holton & Banner Creek Lake
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Telescope Coordinates
Latitude = 39 - 27 - 1.81 N  (39.450503)
Longitude = 95 - 47 - 47.07 W  (95.796408)
Elevation = 1,130 Feet  (344 Meters)


 
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Shop at Amazon Smile
and Amazon will make a donation to:
Banner Creek Science Center

 
<== Click the logo (no extra fees); log into your Amazon account; do your shopping, OR hover on "Wish List"; click "Find a wish list or registry"; search for "banner creek"; donate an item from the "equipment" list, or from the "library" list.  Many thanks for your help!
 
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Wolfe's has become a sponsor of Banner Creek Science Center with their "Gift Back Program".

<== Click the logo to shop at Wolfe's online store.  Just mention "Banner Creek Science Center" in the "Special Instructions" box during checkout.  Or, when placing an order at the Wolfe's store in Topeka, just mention your affiliation with "Banner Creek Science Center".  Wolfe's will make a 10% donation to Banner Creek Science Center for every Photo Service and Photo Gift Wolfe's provides.


 
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Have you ever wondered what we mean when we brag about our "Dark Sky" observing conditions?  How long has it been since you've seen the stars under a really dark sky -- when the Milky Way actually looked milky -- and there were more stars than you could count?
 
Here's a comparison chart to clarify the concept.  Mike estimates the conditions at BCO to be a 2- (close to a 1).
 
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Welcome to our Universe:  As a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Banner Creek Science Center, Inc. relies on its supporters to cover the costs of utilities, maintenance, and insurance.  Support comes in many forms -- enough to cover the interests and talents of almost everyone.
 
Join the Astronomy Club -- Become a BCO "Squint" -- Click [ HERE ] for membership details and benefits
 
Volunteer Your Time -- Contact Cari Andrews (c.andrews@holtonks.net -- 785-364-0926), or Mike Ford (mford2001@gmail.com -- 785-364-2641), for volunteer options and schedules.
 
Jackson County Science Teachers -- Please contact Cari or Mike to schedule your own class events at the Science Center.
 
Daytime Tours -- Visitors may schedule a daytime tour of the BCOSC facilities, including clear-sky SOLAR observations, Saturday or Sunday, between 2 PM-4 PM.  Please contact Mike Ford, Observatory Director, at 785.364.2641. or mford2001@gmail.com, to make reservations for your tour.
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Click [ HERE ] to visit our History Page
 
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